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Pakistan Parliament Backs Embattled PM Sharif as Crisis Deepens
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. But, signalling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan and the government since the start of the confrontation. Sharif, who enjoys a solid majority in... (Full Story)

NATO Leaders Set to Gather on Russia, Middle East
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
The leaders of the 28 NATO countries will gather for the first time in two years starting Thursday in Wales, in western Britain, with an agenda very different from the one they had for their last summit. VOA's Al Pessin reports from London. (Full Story)

UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says more than 1 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance, and at least 200,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished as drought hits southern and central Somalia. The U.N.'s food and nutrition analysis agency (FSNAU) warns that the humanitarian recovery and gains made two years ago may be lost as poor rains, a cycle of violence and reduced aid assistance threaten the lives of millions of... (Full Story)

Syrian Forces Escalate Assault on Rebel-Held Damascus District
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups. The government is trying to retake Jobar after the capture of several rebel-held areas around the center of the capital this summer, including the town of Mleiha just outside Damascus on August 14. Jobar was seized by armed rebels over a year ago,... (Full Story)

Turkey: Internet Freedom, Rights in Sharp Decline
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Email Turkey, the host of a UN-sponsored Internet forum September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, has an abysmal record of protecting free expression online. In recent months, the Turkish government has expanded its powers to censor online content and to monitor Internet activity without independent oversight. (Istanbul) – Turkey, the host of a UN-sponsored Internet forum September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, has an abysmal record of protecting free expression online. In recent months, the Turkish government has expanded its powers to censor online content and to monitor Internet activity without independent… (Full Story)

India: End use of archaic sedition law to curb freedom of expression
Amnesty International - Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Headline Title:  India: End use of archaic sedition law to curb freedom of expression 02 September 2014  The arrest and detention of a 25-year-old man accused of sedition for allegedly disrespecting India’s national symbols is a reminder of how archaic laws continue to be used to curb free speech in India, Amnesty International India said today.   On 20 August 2014, police in Kerala arrested Salman M. for allegedly making catcalls and not standing up when India’s national anthem was being played at a cinema two days earlier. He was accused of sedition, insulting… (Full Story)

Relatives of Abducted Iraqi Soldiers Storm Parliament
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
More than 100 angry relatives of Iraqi soldiers who were abducted by Islamic State militants in June have stormed the country's parliament. The crowd, mostly from Iraq's Shi'ite majority, smashed some equipment, assaulted at least two staff members they mistook for lawmakers and were refusing to leave the building, said officials inside. "They were ready to bulldoze anyone standing in front of them ... They were saying 'Our sons are buried in the dust. We don't... (Full Story)

EU to Announce New Sanctions Against Russia by Friday
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
European Union governments will decide on a package of new sanctions against Russia by Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament on Tuesday, calling for "the strongest possible response." Mogherini, who will be the bloc's next foreign policy chief, said the European Commission, the EU executive arm, will present a strengthened package of sanctions against Russia over its military invasion of Ukraine by Wednesday. EU ambassadors will... (Full Story)

Australia Prepares to Deliver Weapons to Outgunned Kurds
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has given tacit backing to Australia’s plan to airlift weapons to Kurdish forces trying to fend off the Islamic State in northern Iraq. Canberra intends to deliver arms and munitions within days. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia did not want to be involved in another Middle Eastern war, but would do what it could to avert potential genocide. To try to halt the advance of Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq, Australian military... (Full Story)

Cameroon Seizes 200 Elephant Tusks Bound for Asia
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Some 200 tusks from elephants slain in Cameroon and Gabon have been intercepted at the Yaounde-Nsimalen International Airport.  They were bound for Asia - where a high demand for ivory has sparked the illegal slaughter of elephants in Africa.  Conservationists say almost 12,000 elephants have been killed in Central African countries since 2004. Cameroon authorities said the tusks came from the southern part of the country near the border with Gabon where elephant poaching has... (Full Story)

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